October 2, 2011

My First Look at Person of Interest

At last I have found time to watch Person of Interest, the new show with Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson. And hooray, it turned out much more exciting than the promos made me believe. The viewers seem to agree – more than 13 million people watched the premiere, which is pretty awesome and surprising for Jonathan Nolan's new show.

The story centers around a former CIA officer named John Reese (Caviezel) and an ambiguous rich man called Mr. Finch (Emerson). The latter built an Orwellian surveillance machine that predicts which people will either be the perpetrators, witnesses or victims of future crimes. With no clear motive for the viewer to see at first, Finch hires the presumed-dead Reese to prevent those crimes from happening.

Person of Interest is a fast-paced thriller with great acting from the devious Michael Emerson and the charming, cool Caviezel, and top-notch visuals. The high-budget production comes with its very own slick and stylish look, supported by fine directing and a paranoia-inducing, ever-present view through the "eyes" of Finch's machine.

The pilot episode had its fair share of background mysteries we yet have to see unraveled. Episode two already included a flashback of Finch constructing his machine, not without a little cameo from Brent Cullen – Lost fans will certainly smile to see the "Others" Ben Linus and Goodwin reunited in that scene.

The first two episodes were far better than I thought and I will surely keep watching, but I'm also still looking for the bigger picture or a "big evil" in the series. I have no doubt about the story taking things to the next level soon, though, and I'm happily looking forward to that. So my final verdict has to be that Person of Interest is very much of interest indeed.

2 Kommentare:

Eule said...

At last, we completely agree on something.

And my opinion on the other season premieres:

I was really pleasantly surprised by the House episode with this episode being better than the whole trainwreck season 7 (at least I don't really remember any really good episode). But of course some part of my positive opinion is the contrast to the epically crappy last season and I'm not still not completely sold. For example the next episode takes place in Princeton Plainsboro presumably completely completely ignoring that House wouldn't get out on parole after the events in the last few minutes. But I'll take what I get here and a pretty big part of it is, as you rightfully pointed out, Odette Annable.

Supernatural again does what it does best: Putting up tension just to resolve it in the cheapest and most blatant way possible. I actually was really excited about the Castiel as evil god thing, I think that could have been material for some pretty decent episodes but the writers seem to disagree, so let's throw the big climax of last years season finale out of the window after one episode. But please, for the love of god, stop the whole Dean and Sam don't trust each other thing. It's been done to death. And beyond that. So please, dear writers, just stop that, for all I care you can devote a whole episode on that, maybe like a Jerry Springer demon or something and then carry on like in the first two seasons.

Now Dexter really got me psyched. I guess you are right about the forced highschool reunion thing but I actually think it was kind of funny. Gotta love socially awkward Dexter. But what I totally loved was the setup for this years big bad. The scenes with the killers had some really intense feel to it, that I can't quite describe, but I'm definitely hooked. I'm also fine with religion being the main theme for this season and again something they haven't done before. You are, of course, right about the CGI snakes, but I'm inclined to ignore that, Dexter still being a TV show with propably a too little for decent CGI although the scene was nowhere near as creepy it should be.

Cliff said...

So true, my friend.

I also liked the House premiere, I was just really disappointed about the whole "Oh look, it's House in prison, and the whole story we have for him there centers around vicodin again" story - that was a bit lame, since I had hoped they would have some more ideas for House in prison.

You're spot on with Supernatural. Also, Castiel's whole scene with Crowley even seemed only to be there for the sake of Mark Sheppard appearing at all. And I don't like Crowley. The whole Supernatural plot nowadays just seems pointless. And I can't tell how often they have the same "How are you feeling?/Are you OK, Sammy?/How are you, Sammy?/How do you feel, Sam?" dialogue in episode 7.02. Really, is this series only centered on how Sam is feeling and other people asking Sam how he's feeling? It's just too much.

As always, I appreciate you stating your opinions!

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